All Members are invited to the Chamber's Annual Picnic, Volunteer Recognition & Non-Profit Showcase. This picnic is for YOU - All of our members.

Each year GGCC Members come together to interact with the non-profit community, honor all the GGCC volunteers and savor the mouth-watering pies and Smokey Glen’s famous barbecue. We hope you will join us at this month's Business Networking After Five.It's so much fun and yummy too! 

PLEASE NOTE: Register in advance for this event – there are no walk-ins, space is limited. 

Wednesday, September 14
12:00-1:00 pm
Events Committee Meeting
Where: GGCC Office, 910 Clopper Road, Suite 205N, Gaithersburg

Thursday, September 15
5:30-7:30 pm
Annual Chamber Picnic, Volunteer Recognition & Non-Profit Showcase
Cost: GGCC MEMBERS: FREE (incl. in membership); NON-MEMBERS: FREE for First-Time Non-Members. Returning Non-Members pay $40.
Where: Smokey Glen Farm Barbequers, Inc., 16407 Riffle Ford Road, Gaithersburg
Thursday, September 15
8:00-9:00 am
Membership Committee Meeting
Where: GGCC Office, 910 Clopper Road, Suite 205N, Gaithersburg

Tuesday, September 20
5:00-6:00 pm
Ribbon Cutting: Pieology Pizzeria
Cost: FREE. Advance Registration Requested.
Where: Pieology Pizzeria, 15780 Shady Grove Road, Gaithersburg 

Wednesday, September 21
8:30-9:30 am
Economic Development Committee Meeting
Cost: GGCC Members Only
Speaker: Benjamin Wu, Deputy Secretary, Maryland Department of Commerce
Topic: Learn more about the current state of the economy in Maryland, new intitiatives at the Department of Commerce, and economic development in the State.
Where:  Montgomery College Germantown Campus Paul Peck Building (Goldenrod Bldg), 20271 Goldenrod Lane Room 105, Germantown

Wednesday, September 21
5:00-7:00 pm
An Evening of Networking: Joint with the Frederick Chamber
Cost: Free. GGCC & FCC Members Only!
Where: Comus Inn, 23900 Old Hundred Road, Dickerson
Wednesday, September 28
11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Business Card Exchange Lunch
Cost: $20 for GGCC Members and First-Time Non-Members. $40 Returning Non-Members
Where: Buca di Beppo, 122 Kentlands Boulevard, Gaithersburg

Thursday, September 29
5:30-7:30 pm
Regional Young Professional Group Happy Hour
Cost: Free. Open to Young Professional's Only (21-40). Advance registration is requested. Register at:
Where: Miller's Ale House, 1471 Rockville Pike, Rockville

Monday, October 3
5:30-7:30 pm
Business Networking After Five
Cost: GCC MEMBERS: FREE (incl. in membership); NON-MEMBERS: FREE for First-Time Non-Members. Returning Non-Members pay $40.
Where: BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown, MD 20874
Thursday, October 13
7:45-9:30 am
GGCC Entrepreneur Breakfast Series: Evolution is Essential for Entrepreneurs
Cost: $20
Where: Montgomery College, BioScience Education Center, 20200 Observation Drive, Germantown

Tuesday, October 18
7:30-9:00 am
Business Networking Before Nine
Cost: GCC MEMBERS: FREE (incl. in membership); NON-MEMBERS: FREE for First-Time Non-Members. Returning Non-Members pay $40.
Where: Metropolitan Ballet Theatre and Academy, 220 Perry Parkway, Suite 8, Gaithersburg
Cost: Free with a $10(or more) donation to the Montgomery County Coalition to Homeless
Where: Union Jack's, 9811 Washingtonian Blvd., Gaithersburg

Wednesday, October 26
11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Business Card Exchange Lunch
Cost: $20 for GGCC Members and First-Time Non-Members. $40 Returning Non-Members
Where: Asia Nine , 54 Crown Park Avenue, Gaithersburg
Friday, October 28
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Google Local Marketing Power Workshop
Cost: GOOGLE is working with business organizations everywhere to help businesses get online because they grow 40% faster than those that aren't. And when businesses grow, everyone wins! Join us for the “Google My Business” presentation, as it is immediately applicable, very productive in terms of rapid response and ease of use. This is something almost most of us are not doing effectively. For more details, see the event description. 
Cost: Free. Limited Space. Advance Registration Required, 
Where: GGCC, 910 Clopper Road, Suite 205N, Gaithersburg

See all the upcoming events at:

  • Congratulations to GGCC Member Waredaca Brewing on being featured in Edible DC! You can purchase a copy or check out the article in the online edition, click here. It's also a great time of the year to visit or re-visit the Waredaca brewery. They are located at 4017 Damascus Road in Laytonsville. 
  • Join Small Business University, a program of Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union, on the third Thursday of each month between 7:00 am-8:30 am. Start your morning with great networking followed by an inspiring speaker each month. This month's speaker (September 15) is GGCC Member Laura Van Eperen, Founder of Van Eperen who will discuss "Nail Your Brand Message and Deliver It Wisely " including insight and tips with Q&A. More info / register, click here.
  • Save-the-Date for Pinky & Pepe's Grape Escape 12 Wines Dinner on Sunday, October 16 at 2:00 pm at Il Porto Restaurant. Dinner items include: stuffed mushrooms with crab meat, gratinated mussels, lobster ravioli, gnocchi pesto and more. For further details and/or to reserve your spot, contact Pinky at: 301-869-WINE (9463). 
  • Don't forget to register to vote! You can register at your local library. The deadline to register to vote in the General Election is Oct. 18th.To view the Montgomery County Board of Elections General Election voter registration schedule, click here
  • Nalley Fresh in the Kentlands will host its Community Day on Saturday, September 17 from 12-4:00 pm. and they are offering each guest one FREE entree (a donation is requested to support Qunice Orchard High School). Come out and discover why Nalley Fresh won Baltimore Magazine's 2016 Reader's Poll Best Lunch category. Nalley Fresh is located at 261 Kentlands Boulevard in Gaithersburg.  
  • Join the Germantown Police and Fire & Rescue at their Open House on Saturday, September 17 from 11:00 am -3:00 pm. Food, demonstrations, and more for the whole family. Activities will be held at 20000 Aircraft Drive in Germantown. 
  • Join Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union at their Fall 2016 Home Buyer Seminar on Saturday September 24 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at MAFCU, 12820 Wisteria Drive - 1st Floor, Germantown. This seminar will afford you an opportunity to meet with realtors and mortgage experts, they will share what you need to know about the current real estate market in our local area.  First-time home buyers & seasoned buyers are welcome. For more information and/or to register, click here
  • September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month and staff at Montgomery County Public Libraries encourage residents of all ages, who do not have a card, to sign up for one today. For information on how to sign up for a library card, visit  the Gaithersburg or Germantown Library or apply online, click here.
  • Activate Art at Launch Workplaces Thursday, September 15. Details: 

Entrepreneur Breakfast: October 13!

The fourth seminar in the GGCC Entrepreneur Breakfast series – “Evolution is Essential for Entrepreneurs - Are you sure you are heading in the right direction?" will be held on Thursday, October 13 from 7:45-9:30 am at the Montgomery College, BioScience Education Center, 20200 Observation Drive, Germantown. Cost: $20.

The morning will begin with a keynote speaker, followed by a panel discussion of entrepreneurs.

We are searching for a title sponsor? Interested? Let us know at 

And don't forget to register now for this great breakfast at: 

Annual Celebration Dinner & Awards Ceremony

Join us at our biggest bash of the year the "Annual Celebration Dinner and Awards Ceremony - Celebrating 67 Years!"
The evening events include:
  • The installation of the 2017 Board of Directors
  • Silent auction
  • Dinner
  • Music
  • Presentation of the Annual “You Made a Difference Award”
  • Announcement of the “10th Annual Small Business of the Year” award
  • Announcement of the "4th Annual Young Professional of the Year” award
  • The awarding of the Montgomery College Scholarships funded by GGCC Businesses to Montgomery College students
Sponsorship's Available:
  • Title Sponsor: $3,000
  • Gold Sponsor: $2,000
  • Silver Sponsor: $800.00
  • Bronze Sponsor: $300
  • Table Sponsor: $1,200
  • SBY Table: $1,200
  • YPG Table: $1.200
  • Scholarship Table: $1,000
  • GGCC Member / Spouse / Guest Ticket Per Person: $100 (Early Bird until 10/28)
  • GGCC Member / Spouse / Guest Ticket Per Person: $125

Fall Energy Co-Op Campaign

As part of an ongoing effort to provide value to our members, the Chamber has partnered with energy experts CQI Associates to offer you the services of the Commercial Energy Co-op. We are happy to announce the Fall 2016 enrollment campaign is underway. 

Joining the Chamber's Energy Co-op Program provides: 
  • Increased Purchasing Power in procuring competitive electric and natural gas rates.
  • Eliminates the need to ‘go through it alone’.
  • Budget Stability by offering Fixed Rate energy supply costs.
  • Year round Customer Support through energy experts CQI Associates.  

To the GGCC Members currently in the Commercial Energy Cooperative Program 2016 Spring Campaign with contracts ending September 2017, we would like to thank you for your continued support of the program. The strategic partnership between the Chamber and CQI Associates has resulted in providing members lower energy cost and long term budget stability since the program inception in 2004. This is your reminder to renew your current contract.

To familiarize everyone with the program, CQI Associates will be hosting webinars on the following days:
  • September 16, 2016 - 1:00 pm
  • September 20, 2016 - 11:00 am
  • September 28, 2016 - 1:00 pm
To participate in the webinar register in-advance at and click on the date that you want to participate and follow the steps to RSVP.

FYI: There is NO FEE to join the Co-op and one application covers ALL of your electricity and natural gas accounts for ALL locations.

If you have any questions contact Joe Tabeling with CQI Associates at or call 443-472-3870.


Member-to-Member Discounts

Our Member-to-Member Discount Program (M2M) will enhance the value of your membership by giving you the opportunity to buy goods and services from other members at a discount. This is a benefit you can pass along to all of your employees. 

This week's featured companies:

Quincy CFO, LLC: Call for Details
Quinter Design: 10%
RE/MAX All Pro: 20%

View all the discounts at:
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